Inside WNC: Macon County

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Inside WNC is a permanent feature from Carolina Public Press that profiles each of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. This is your guide, including direct links, to elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information on the county’s wages, housing, education and more.

Macon County

Macon County, N.C., map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, via Wikipedia.

Geography and Population

Macon County is bordered by Jackson County to the east, Swain County to the north, Graham County to the northwest, Cherokee County to the west, Clay County to the southwest, and Georgia to the south.

 

Map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. Census Bureau maps

Land area in square miles: 515.56

Persons per square mile (2010): 65.8
Population, 2012 estimate: 33,869

American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.7 percent
Asian: 0.7 percent
Black: 1.7 percent
Hispanic or Latino origin: 6.6 percent
White non-Hispanic: 89.9 percent
People reporting two or more races: 1 percent

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


U.S., State and Local Government, Key Agencies

U.S. elected officials

U.S. Senate
Sen. Richard Burr (R)
Washington address: 217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3154
Fax: (202) 228-2981
Email contact form

Asheville address: Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Suite 204
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Phone: (828) 350-2437
Fax: (828) 350-2439

Information on Burr’s support, sponsored bills, etc. from GovTrack.us

Sen. Kay Hagan (D)
Washington address: 521 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
Email contact form

Asheville address: 82 Patton Ave., Suite 635
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Phone:  (828) 257-6510
Fax: (828) 257-6514

Information on Hagan’s support, sponsored bills, etc. from GovTrack.us

U.S. House: 11th Congressional District
Rep. Mark Meadows (R)
Washington address: 1516 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6401
Email contact form

Hendersonville address: 200 N. Grove St.
Hendersonville, N.C. 28792
Phone: (828) 693-5660

Information on Meadows’ support, sponsored bills, etc. from GovTrack.us

N.C. Elected Officials

N.C. Senate District 50
Sen. Jim Davis (R)
Address: N.C. Senate, 16 W. Jones St., Room 2111
Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2808
Phone: (919) 733-5875 and (828) 342-4483
Email: Jim.Davis@ncleg.net

N.C. House District 120
Rep. Roger West (R)
Address: N.C. House of Representatives
16 W. Jones St., Room 1229
Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096
Phone: (919) 733-5859 and (828) 837-5246
Email: Roger.West@ncleg.net

County Officials and Agencies

Macon County Board of Commissioners
Chairman: Kevin Corbin
Address: P.O. Box 758
Franklin, N.C. 28744
Phone: (828) 524-7799
Email: n/a

County Manager: Derek Roland
Address: Courthouse Annex
5 W. Main St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2025
Email: droland@maconnc.org

Sheriff: Robert L. Holland
Address: Macon County Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement Center
1820 Lakeside Dr.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-2811
Email: n/a

Macon County Department of Social Services
Director: Jane Kimsey
Address: 1832 Lakeside Dr.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2124
Email: jkimsey@maconnc.org

Macon County Public Health Department
Director: Jim Bruckner
Address: 1830 Lakeside Dr.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2081 for Franklin or Highlands; (828) 321-5961 for Nantahala
Email: jbruckner@maconnc.org

Member of the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission (Southwestern Commission), which covers the westernmost part of the state, specifically Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.


County Seat

Franklin
Population (2010): 3,845
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Town Government Office Address: 95 Main St., Franklin, N.C. 28734

Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen
Mayor: Bob Scott
Address: Town Hall, 95 Main St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-2516
Email: bscott@franklinnc.com

Town Manager: None at present

Chief of Police: David Adams
Address: Franklin Police Department
218 W. Palmer St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-2864
Email: dadams@franklinnc.com


Law Enforcement Agencies

Macon County Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement Center
1820 Lakeside Dr.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-2811
Email: n/a

Franklin Police Department
218 W. Palmer St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-2864
Email: n/a


Voter Information

Macon County Board of Elections
Interim Director: Debbie George
Address: 5 W. Main St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2034
Email: dgeorge@maconnc.org

Chairman: Luke Bateman
Address: 5 W. Main St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2034
Email: n/a


Court System

Judicial District 30A
Macon County Courthouse
Address: 5 W Main St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-7200
Email: n/a

Clerk of Superior Court: Victor H. Perry
Phone: (828) 349-7200
Email: n/a

District Attorney Michael Bonfoey
Phone (Macon County office): (828) 349-7210
Email: n/a


Economy and Employment

Unemployment rate, December 2013: 7.3 percent
Unemployment rate, December 2012: 11.0 percent
Source: N.C. Department of Commerce – Labor and Economic Analysis Division

Top three industries, by employment (2011, most current):
Retail trade: 1,901
Health care and social assistance: 1,605
Accommodation and Food Services: 1,193
Source: County Business Patterns, U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Employer (Third quarter of 2013, most current): Macon County Public Schools
Source: N.C. Department of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director: Linda Harbuck
Address: 425 Porter St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-3161 or (866) 372-5546
Email: lindah@franklin-chamber.com

Town of Franklin Tourism Development Authority
Chairman: n/a
Address: 95 Main St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-2516
Email: info@discoverfranklinnc.com


Wages, Housing, Poverty and Education

Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) 2008-2012: $24,003
Persons living below poverty level 2008-2012: 19.6 percent
Median household income 2008-2012: $38,134
Median owner-occupied housing value: $166,800
High school graduates, age 25+ (2008-2012): 85.3 percent
Bachelor’s degree or higher, age 25+ (2008-2012): 20.4 percent
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Number of homeless (January 2012 point-in-time count, most current): 17
Source: North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Children living in poverty in Macon County: 34.6 percent in 2012.
Screen-Shot-2014-03-04-at-7.44.32-AMSource: NC Child


Education

Macon County Schools
Four-year cohort high school graduation rates, as of September 2012: 86.1
Source: N.C. Department of Public Instruction

Macon County Board of Education
Address: 1202 Old Murphy Road
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-3314
Email: tommy.cabe@macon.k12.nc.us

Board of Education Chairman: Thomas H. Cabe
Address: 1202 Old Murphy Road
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-3314
Email: renee.burt@macon.k12.nc.us

School Superintendent: Chris Baldwin
Address: 1202 Old Murphy Road
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-3314
E-mail: chris.baldwin@macon.k12.nc.us


Higher education*

Southwestern Community College Macon Campus-Cecil L. Groves Center
Address: 44 Siler Farm Road
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 306-7001
Email: maconcampus@southwesterncc.edu
Enrollment: n/a


Top Healthcare Providers/Hospitals*

Angel Medical Center
Address: 120 Riverview St.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 524-8411
Email: n/a
HCAHPS Patient Perceptions Survey 4/2012-3/2013 rankings:
Rate 9 or 10 Overall: 73 percent
Always Clean and Quiet: 64.5 percent

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
Address: 190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, N.C. 28741
Phone: (828) 526-1200
Email: info@hchospital.org

Macon County Public Health Department
Address: 1830 Lakeside Dr.
Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2081 for Franklin or Highlands; (828) 321-5961 for Nantahala
Email: jbruckner@maconnc.org


Crime and Law Enforcement

Crime Rate Per 100,000 (2012): 2,332.9
Violent Crime Rate: 110.3
Property Crime Rate: 2,222.7
Number of registered sex offenders: 62
Source: N.C. Department of Justice


*Listings are for entities headquartered in the county and do not include satellites, branches or other service information for others with operations in the county.

Contributor Micah Wilson supplied additional research to this report.

This page will be regularly updated. Contact us submission@carolinapublicpress.org with updates or questions.

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Kathleen O. Davis

Kathleen O. Davis is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press. Contact her at kathleenodavis@gmail.com.

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